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Honors in French

Candidates for honors in French are expected to fulfill College requirements. The candidate registers in Frn. 350, Independent Study, in the fall semester. Upon satisfactory completion of that course and with departmental approval, she registers in Frn. 355, Senior Thesis, in the spring.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad but are expected to take a minimum of sixteen semester hours at Simmons, including at least four semester hours upon return from study abroad.

The major consists of at least thirty-two semester hours of advanced language, literature, and civilization courses, including twenty semester hours of core requirements. Students are encouraged to study abroad but are expected to take a minimum of sixteen semester hours of course work in the department, including at least four semester hours upon their return from study abroad.

Normally, no more than four semester hours of departmental courses given in English may be credited toward the major. Students may petition the chair of the department to take up to eight semester hours of course work in English.

Recommendations: Proficiency in a second modern language beyond the intermediate level is strongly recommended for all French majors.

Core Requirements

Four semester hours of advanced work in language:

  • FREN 245 Conversation and Composition
  • *FREN 246 Translation and Linguistics

Four semester hours of French civilization, selected from:

  • FREN 310 Inside France: Studies in French Culture
  • *FREN 311 Contemporary Issues in France
  • FREN 314 Topics in French Cinema
  • FREN 316 Outside France: Perspectives from the French-Speaking World

Four semester hours of introduction to French literature:

  • FREN 266 The Quest for Identity: The Self and the Other in the French Literary Tradition

Eight semester hours of advanced work in literature and culture, selected from:

  • *FREN 320 Fables, Fairy Tales, and the Emergence of the Short Story
  • FREN 322 French Theater: The Actor and the Script
  • FREN 326 The City as Text: Paris and Its Literary Representations
  • FREN 395 Seminar: Special Topics in French

* Not offered until 2013-2014
Twelve semester hours of elective courses